The Falcons will host a Division II wild-card game against Lancaster at 3 p.m. Wednesday, while the Gaels will take to the road, traveling to Fillmore for a Division VI match that same day for a 3 p.m. contest.
The Tologs (12-7-4), meanwhile, have until Saturday to prepare for Dos Pueblos in their Division I showdown.
“We’re just trying to slay monsters here,” joked Tologs co-Coach Frank Pace in reference to his team’s wins over Chaminade and Harvard-Westlake and earning a home playoff game. “Maybe it’s time to get another monkey or two of our back.”
The next monkey would be winning a playoff match for the first time since 1997.
Eleven years ago, the Tologs defeated Mayfield, 4-3, to advance to the CIF quarterfinals.
Last year, Sacred Heart failed to make the playoffs, stopping a four-year streak. They’ve returned to face Dos Pueblos (6-9-7), the second-place finisher in the Channel League.
Despite the Charger’s sub-.500 record, they’re unbeaten in their last seven games — four of those games have been ties.
Sacred Heart took second in the Mission League and now faces the playoffs with a homefield advantage to start and a healthy squad.
“I think we’re healthy as we have been all year,” said Pace, who has a healthy Carly Crowder, Sam Norton and Carter Vettese after all had incurred injuries at some point during the year. “It’s just nice to play at home. [It’s] one less intangible we have to deal with.”
Sacred Heart will play at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. at St. Francis.
Saturday’s winner will play the winner of Marina at Northwood on Feb. 20.
Crescenta Valley (14-5-3), the Pacific League third-place finisher, hosts Lancaster in a wild-card match Wednesday.
Lancaster (11-8-3) is the third-place team from the Golden League.